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Blogging live! Live blogging!

Live Blogging will help me become extra passionate and extra emotional… If, for example, I were to be live blogging about a music performance, I would make unnecessary comments like, “You messed up at this part,” or, “You look gorgeous I might cry!” Live blogging is pretty exciting, and I feel like a majority of the world partakes in this phenomenon due to Twitter and Facebook. People can post short statuses and updates about anything they are doing, and it is, in fact, a form of live blogging. Live blogging does bring out the best and worst in us. Live blogging is basically our thoughts being uploaded on a social media site to make it official.

The positives of live blogging are quite grand. People get updates and feel like they are a part of the story. People can contribute. It is exciting to learn about different topics. Some people might be missing the VMAs or a TV show, and if they don’t mind spoilers, they might catch up quickly on the happenings in a matter of minutes. Live blogging keeps everyone engaged and updated.

The negatives of live blogging are the spoilers. If people want to physically sit down and watch a show, then they should stay away from live blogging. There might be too much. Everyone constantly updates all the time, and there might be too much information of different opinions. Which shows that not all live blogging includes true information. Some information could be made up, just to get more readers.

All in all, I feel as if live blogging is a great thing. It seems fun to constantly update my feelings about a specific topic. I show so many emotions watching award shows and my TV shows, so why not share it with the world? It’s great to be updated every few minutes, especially if the certain news that is getting live blogged is crucial.

Live Blogging, The New Trend

“Live blogs provide commentary and analysis alongside breaking news rather than summarizing the event after it is over” is the description of live blogging as defined by Roy Greenslade. Live blogging has become a huge trend especially to this new generation where the majority is always on the go and multi tasking.  In other words, Live blogging is a quick and easy way to get current information about what is happening in less time rather than wait a few hours to read a large text and this is exactly why is has be shown the high demand and the popularity of live blogging.

Roy brings a great point up describing that Live blogging provides the reader with quick and accessible news at any place more specifically at work where reader are supposed to be working instead of reading the news.  I personally see this happening to many friends when they are in class and there is a very important soccer game on. Many of them access live blogging websites where they provide live news in of scores and key moves that is happening during the event. This type of website allows one to do two or more things at the same time such as writing an essay using half the screen and the other half of the screen reading quick phrases of scores and special actions taken during a certain game.

A second point that Roy brings that is extremely important that makes live blogging so popular is the idea of “involvement”. What does he mean by this? He states that readers don’t just simply watch or look at live blogs they also tend to get involved a lot of times by their comments.   Most live blogs that I have visited have a chat room on the side of the news where users are constantly chatting with one another and bringing up different comments and different ideas that have been just presented on the live blog.  This brings massive interaction and involvement between users and in addition it makes people more connected in a way.

Of course there are many advantages to live blogging, but we cannot forget the downsides of this new type of delivery information.  Roy emphasizes that the downside of this type of blogging is that the information a lot of times are not fully complete. Since the main goal is to provide quick and accessible news features, one might not get the full scope of the information like they would if they were live at the location or reading a full text on the topic.

I believe this type of blogging should not be the only source of information one should be reading. Instead readers should use live blogging as a foundation for the most recent information and latter read more about the news to fully understand what is happening and get the full insights about the information that they are reading.  If you haven’t tried yet live blogging, you should definitely experience this new way of getting quick and short information throughout the duration of an event or a news story that supports such platform.  You can even create your own live blog when doing a presentation and incorporate this type of tool. WordPress has its on plugin and below are a few websites that incorporates live blogging.


Jordanna Oliveira

ABC: A Blogger = Curator!


Curators are people who research and maintain content. They decide when a certain piece of work will be displayed to the public. They always make sure the public sees new works. Bloggers, for the most part, are, in essence, curators. They decide which content to publish. Bloggers can use editorial calendars to post different topics that will fit well with a certain month or week. Bloggers, themselves, maintain what content to publish and show to the public- readers. Cooking bloggers who test different recipes, tweak it to make it the best, and post their results and instructions are curators. Tech bloggers who always test new devices and post feedback are curators. Even those who love to write about their days are basically curators. As long as some type of research occurs, bloggers are curators. Curators don’t have to deal with expensive or historic pieces of work. Curators deal with any form of new information!

Yes, this is the manager speaking.

Bloggers can be curators. There’s no question in that. Rather it’s how can they be curators. Whether you have your own individual blog or if you are a part of a group collaboration you can be a curator.

With an individual blog you control everything on your blog. Since it’s only your blog you can’t really manage any posts on your blog besides your own however you can control other things. You can choose what comments stay on the blog and even block certain users if you feel their comments are getting out of hand. You control everything on your own individual blog.

Collaborative blogs are a bit different because you have a host blogger and guest bloggers. As the host blogger you can control everything. You can decide what posts go onto your blog, control comments again, and decide what users are allowed to post to your blog. As a guest blogger though you only have control of your own posts and are subject to the host bloggers editing and or removal of your posts. Still, as a guest blogger I do believe you have control over the comments that your post gets.

I want to look at youtube as one big collaborative blog, which it could be except that it’s just for videos. On youtube you can upload your own videos and decide everything about them. However youtube has the overall say. If you are violating youtube’s rules they will delete your video or ban you from using your account. They also manage their website to be more categorized and user friendly. They manage it really well.

So in conclusion Bloggers are curators and do indeed manage their own blogs.

Collaborative Chaos

I guess you could say I’m a little bit biased when it comes to individual vs. network blogging. I prefer individual, mainly because that’s all I’ve ever done. I prefer to have people follow my blog, like my blog posts, and simply enjoy my blog as it was created by me. I like knowing that my creation is gaining likes and followers. It makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something and I’m unsure if I would get that same sort of satisfaction on taking part in a collaborative blog. Sure the blog might get popular but it would be thanks to the collaboration and you’re own work might not get the same kind of recognition. It might sound a bit selfish but I really wouldn’t like a collaborated blog. I also wouldn’t trust other people to write on my blog if I was the host. I’d be worried because that blog represents me more than anyone else because I am the host blogger.

I’m really picky.

Though if there was a topic I wanted to write badly enough about but didn’t have the time to keep up my own blog then I might contribute to a collaborative blog. I do think it’s a nice idea to have a place to write where you don’t have to write about as often. I imagine as a reader it would also be nice to get a different perspective on the same topic and blog. It would bring in more readers and commenters.

I think it really depends on who you are as a person and what you have time for. Blogs like BlogHer are good ideas for some people, but not for all. Not for me.

losing count of these annotated bibs


The BigK. “Is short Content= Thin Content?”
18 Nov. 2012. Google Forum.
29 Oct. 2013.


The BigK has posed a question on a forum. He runs a news blog, and his readers have suggested that the BigK and his news blog write shorter articles. They have kept readership growing and growing because of this change. The BigK wrote that their articles range from 150 – 200 words, which is pretty short. Their content is to the point which their readers love. He asked if Google values quick or long information. All the answers provided that it doesn’t matter what the length of the article is as long as it is filled with good details. The length of the article doesn’t mean that an article is great. As long as an article is rich in content, it’ll be perfect.

This proves that people desire short content. News sites usually have long articles with a lot of repetitive details. They elongate a news story as more information is discovered. But the BigK and his readers prove that shorter articles are what people desire. Readership went up and all his followers were loyal due to the change. People want quick information on all blog sites because people only desire the major details. People have grown lazy because technology is evolving and because we as humans are evolving. We desire quick and short information no matter what the story is about.

a blogger’s world

BlogHer is essentially a blog with all female bloggers. They have a multitude of female bloggers who post about all different topics ranging from horrible, demeaning Halloween costumes to how to bake apple pie. They all have a specific voice, but yet, they still their topics relate to the blog. They grew their readership to a crazy 92 million.

Blogher uses Facebook and Twitter. On the top of all their posts, they have two buttons for sharing individual posts. It makes more sense that they would use these two social media sites because Blogher is all about the content. They e-mail newsletters to whoever signs up. They don’t really make use of social media to the extreme because they are so well known. So many other blog sites have more links such as an RSS feed button or an Instagram button. Blogher is simple.

As an individual blogger, it is hard to get your content to reach a massive audience at first. You don’t have much funds or connections to easily and quickly connect to a million readers at once. You can work your way up. I believe bloggers can utilize social media to get their work out. They should always provide links on their social media websites (once in a while!) to remind people that they are blogging. This will gain readership from family, friends, and others much faster than waiting and hoping someone comes across your blog. Help from social media never fails. I know of a company who uses many social media platforms to connect with everyone, and they have gained readership on their blog and more followers, as well as customers.

Being that my blog is about college tips with subtopics like fashion, food, and study tips, my blog would fit a blogosphere of tips. Lifehacktips would have the “type” of network my blog and I would fit in. I would write about tips and then can specially dedicate a college section for me…imagine? I believe we would give support by sharing each other’s content, commenting, and giving a lot of feedback. It is great to have your work shared by a fellow peer. I wonder how Blogher keeps their writers motivated because they have so many writers. Do they e-mail them encouraging words? Do they feature post them? I know their homepage has recently updated posts- chronologically ordered. I guess that’s a great way to gain readership.